James O'Neill's blog

Windows Platform, Virtualization and PowerShell with a little Photography for good measure.

April, 2006

  • IE is cool again

    I remember the year hen 3 versions of Internet explorer were released. That was before I came to Microsoft, when the web was still new and browsers were exciting - partly because (to outsiders at least) Microsoft seemed scared of Netscap. The Netscape...
  • RSS for the bewildered.

    The volume of web content is overwhelming. And it keeps changing - we could spend all day just checking discussions, news, blogs and so on in the hope of finding something new (a process I call " Optimistic Browsing "). Shouldn’t stuff come to us ? After...
  • MCP exam in Live communications server

    VUE and Prometric are now taking bookings for the beta of Exam 262 "Microsoft® Office Live Communications Server 2005 - Implementing, Managing, and Troubleshooting". In its beta form the exam number is 71 -262, and takes 4 hours. Use the promotional code...
  • An evening with ...

    Well me actually ... I'm presenting on Let’s take a look at Windows Vista At Microsoft in Reading on the evening of Tuesday May 9th... Registration is only a couple of clicks away... go on, you know you want to.
  • Communicator mobile access - Now availablle !

    If you use Live Communications Server and have a Windows Mobile device you need to have a look at Communicator Mobile. A cell phone is not the ideal thing for a long IM conversation - even if you have a Bluetooth keyboard (as I do). Sometimes, your...
  • The Women of Microsoft

    I found out that that my boss did a video for Channel 9 when she was last in Redmond. It's quite unusual for them to do interviews with people from outside the US so it's a bit of a coup for them to want to interview her. Eileen's video is in the ...
  • The Virtual Mac - a little idle speculation

    Apple's " Boot camp " software has created a big stir , hasn't it? Apple is a leader in industrial design: which is why my wife has an iPod Nano - the iPods have a magic to their design which no-one else seems able to match. The number of things which...
  • Passion: or "What the hell am I doing here ? "

    I've been on holiday for a few days. Before I went, I met a visiting school group. I was asked to talk for 10 minutes on "Why software is exciting" and - let's be honest here - not everyone thinks it is exciting. What I could talk about was why software...
  • Virtual Server Big News, Linux shock and clarity.

    Last week I posted about an advance notice of announcement that is was due that this week - it was far from clear.. A few hours later I got advance notice of the Virtual Server news which came out yesterday, which was a model of clarity. Item 1: On...
  • Rumours, silliness and the things we get up to in presentations.

    First off I'm doomed unless I change the rules of the game. I just read in Eileen's post about the roadshow we have contests to see who can finish closest to zero seconds on the countdown clock. These folks present well, with passion and manage to watch...
  • Join DPE, Visit interesting places, meet interesting people ....

    After a week in the job I'll still feeling a little bit of culture shock between working in Microsoft Consulting Services and Developer and Platform Evangelism; as that settles out I write about it a bit more. One change is that instead of talking to...
  • The other man's grass is greener - a guide to colour in Windows

    Most weeks, one or other of the photography forums I visit will contain one of the following questions "Should I set my camera to use sRGB or Adobe RGB as a colour space ? " "Why do my pictures look different in different programs ?" "My Pictures...